April 29th, 2008
11:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama shoots, but doesn't score

CNN

Watch Obama play basketball with some UNC players.

(CNN) - Barack Obama is known for his strong basketball skills, but the Illinois senator proved no match for the UNC Tar Heels Tuesday.

Obama practiced with the team for several minutes Tuesday morning, often struggling to keep pace with the Final Four-team and failing to sink a basket - at least when the cameras were turned on.

“These guys are a lot better than me,” Obama said as he was running down the full length of the court and trying to keep pace with the Division I players, including Tyler Hansbrough, the national player of the year.

At one point, Coach Roy Williams scolded his players for not guarding the presidential candidate.

“You guys are leaving the next president of the United States wide open,” Williams joked.

Obama took a couple of shots, but neither fell through. His campaign says he did make a three-pointer after reporters were escorted off the court.


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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Eli, Milwaukee

    Steven in Oregon
    Yes, but Hillary panders to people….you called her Annie Oakley, well are you Michael Jordan?"
    He may not be Michael Jordan, but at least we know that playing basketball has always been a love of his. I don think we have ever seen any video of Hillary shooting ANY type of gun at ANY time.

    April 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Working Gal in Big D

    Quite interesting after all of the Hillary bashing now the koolaid drinkers are upset cause their little boy is getting hisself picked on!

    What a laugh! As always, the older people have to keep telling the yunguns' "grow up"!

    April 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Jay

    boo

    April 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. annie

    Shoots but doesn't score is just like his flowery speeches. He will never go for another debate because he doesn't have the brain power to think on his feet. He also doesn't want any more of his skeletons falling out of his closet. He is afraid someone might ask about his homosexual, cocaine dealing buddy Sinclair or why the Hamas support him.

    April 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. gerald strother

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of North Carolina’s Presidential Primary finds Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton 51% to 37%. Earlier this month, Obama led by twenty-three percentage points.
    THE END IS COMING FOR CLINTON AND ABOUT TIME""""

    April 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. kim, pa

    WOW, North Carolina Gov. says YES TO HILLARY!!!!!! while Obama is out playing basketball.

    You know he only is in his position in Illonois because the Republicans had scandals going into his election, so he was a shoe in. His term as senator is 1 year in, the rest of the time running for president. So experience zero!

    In November, McCain will win if Hillary is chosen....

    why,
    Obama is lame-change boy. Nothing real, just really good with the chat about.... but when it comes to the real game.....

    he shoots an air-ball in my book!
    especially with Wright by his side. and its bull to think he'd not gone there anymore if Wright stayed on....
    well he has! both of them together!

    Hillary 08!

    Hillary 08!

    April 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. fair play

    where is the post?
    Obama supporters can not play fair

    They think the ABC debate was unfair- simply because it did not have the built-in pro-Obama bias and adulation of the previous debates.

    They were ok with it when Hillary was getting the insulting, hateful personal questions.

    Hate always backfires, people.

    April 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Obama 08

    CNN has continually sunk to new lows in its reporting. A fair, unbiased, informative media is a component of a democracy. Unfortunately, the American media, including CNN, has become an ego driven endless commentary of the "reporters"..

    April 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Sharon

    Hillary is out working and campaigning and BO is playing.....who is taking this election seriously????????

    April 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. James

    Obama please challenge Hillary in the basketball court as she challenged you to bowl with her.

    April 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Shakur

    While its cool to see Obama playing basketball I would much rather hear how he will help bring down gas prices, provide health care to those in need, how he plans to stimulate our economy and how he plans to bring our nation to a better standing in the world. Also, I sure would like to see our troops back home and to use that money to build our infrastructure and to help the people of America!
    All the basketball, bowling, Rev. Wright stories are distractions that will cause us more chaos to come!

    Go Obama!

    April 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. STOP THE MADDNESS!!!!

    I LOVE IT! KEEP HAVING A GOOD TIME WHILE CAMPAIGNING, IF THIS IS WHAT RELAXES YOU. IT DON'T HAVE TO BE BORING!

    April 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Sharon

    Time for B-Ball, no time for DEBATES??????????
    Hillary is out working and campaigning and BO is playing.....who is taking this election seriously????????

    April 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Eugene Groysman

    I would love to see Clinton's record while in the Senate, additionaly, how she can defend herself agaist her supposed "years" of experiance. She has been in office only since 2000, and if her name was not Clinton, she would be a rich lawyer living in Chicago giving money to Obama!

    Clinton has no "chuzpa" she votes with the political wind!!

    April 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. NOBAMA NO WAY!

    Hillary is out trying to fix our problems.

    Obummer is shootin' hoops.

    PRIORITIES!

    CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

    April 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Paul

    very nice OBAMA!

    Actually, I like your game in Indiana BETTER!

    At least you scored and stole the ball 2x

    April 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Sharon

    CNN, why do you allow negative comments about the candidates appearance? I don't understand your moderation criteria.....

    April 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Linda, Boulder, CO

    How symbolic.

    Like Dukais, Gore, Kerry – nice guys, but unelectable.

    April 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. just saying

    All the Obama supporters keep posting that they are smarter than everyone else.

    I guess egotistical, boastful, cocky, arrogant narcisism is taught in Obama propaganda 101.Obama supporters can not play fair

    April 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. idont' have an anger problem I have an idiot problem

    Hey dummies he IS campaigning by playing this little game of B-Ball.. but I guess if you cannot be bothered to read a candidates position but need to have it spoon fed to you in a debate you would not understand this concept either.. idiots

    April 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Mark

    Pathetic. As if this will get him votes from us gun and religion clinging folks.

    April 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. kim, pa

    WOW, North Carolina Gov. says YES TO HILLARY!!!!!! while Obama is out playing basketball.

    You know he only is in his position in Illonois because the Republicans had scandals going into his election, so he was a shoe in. His term as senator is 1 year in, the rest of the time running for president. So experience zero!

    In November, McCain will win if Hillary is not chosen....

    why,
    Obama is lame-change boy. Nothing real, just really good with the chat about.... but when it comes to the real game.....

    he shoots an air-ball in my book!
    especially with Wright by his side. and its bull to think he'd not gone there anymore if Wright stayed on....
    well he has! both of them together!

    Hillary 08!

    Hillary 08!

    April 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Linda, Boulder, CO

    It's news as much as Hillary doing a shot in a bar is news. No one cried foul then. He's campaigning; it's news.

    April 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. 4mygirl

    PEOPLE. Does anyone really care whether Obama can get "nothing but net! " This is one of the most important elections in recent history, possibly ever in history. Obama is a LOSER – he can not run this country – HILLARY CAN – YES SHE CAN – and Obama better get use to it. He needs to take his hating preacher, his over priced arugula, and his electable suits and go back to Chicago – QUICKLY – VERY QUICKLY

    April 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. The Lady

    Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaq O'Niel, have missed plenty of shots, what is your point?

    April 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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